Next step in 15-year sidewalk program to be taken says city manager
SIDEWALK PROJECT: Most of the 1,600 feet of ground involved in the city of Thayer sidewalk project is ready for work, but City Manager Gary Barton said a small portion of the project near East Meadows Apartments will need massive filling.
THAYER -- Thayer City Manager Gary Barton announced last week that the city has applied for and received a transportation enhancement grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation.
"The grant from MoDOT is for $77,930 and is a matching grant. It will help fund the next step of our 15-year sidewalk program in the city," Barton said.
He said the last part of the program ended with new sidewalks being constructed from the police station across Highway 63 to the driveway west of the high school.
"The reason this portion of the city was chosen as the next step in the program is because there are many people that live in the housing area of the city that have expressed concern to get to the shopping area around Wal-Mart and wallace and Owens," Barton said.
Barton said the total project will be 1,600 feet. "The paperwork is in and we are waiting for the engineer design guides to be approved by MoDOT," he said. Barton added that the project should start this winter, in January or February, and he anticipates it to take about four months to be completed.
"Most of the project area is ready to begin work. There is an area around East Meadows (Apartments) that will need some major filling before the project can begin," Barton said.
Barton said city employees will be doing the work on the sidewalk.
"Our future plan is to apply for more grants to improve the sidewalks in Thayer. Our next project should begin on Monroe Street," he said.